By definition, a daemon is a supernatural being of a nature that is both god-like and human. Which suits this ski, too. Ninety-nine underfoot, incorporating metal and reverse camberthe Daemon is an anomaly. But it works very well as a firm snow chunder destroyer and was one of the most talked-about skis at Powder Week.
“I didn’t think a full rocker skinny ski would work, but it did,” said Powder Union member Spencer Harkins. “It’s a strong, high-energy, fun ripper that made me eat my words.”
A poplar wood core and semi-cap construction round out the stiff sheet of Titanal that runs through the center of the ski, stopping before the tip and tail. My first thought when I picked up the ski was intimidation at the 183.6-centimeter length. However, it does not ski long. And for being a reverse camber ski, it is a very stable ski. Aggressive underfoot, be ready to finish the turn you started. But the softer tip and tails lend forgiveness.
I watched this ski go out of the tent and then not come back for a really long time. That usually means that whoever is shredding doesn’t want to return it. Black Crows skis do not disappoint. Chamonix Frenchies are hooked on them for a reason—they get you down whatever you want. The minute I saw the Daemon on the rack, I snagged it.
A stiff, 99-underfoot platform, this ski is great for snapping fun, “look how low my hip can go” turns. Check your shadow out for full effect. It’s a ski to have in the quiver, but deep days will require a bit more work on the driver’s side. Otherwise, prepare to look at the mountain in a new way with these bad boys on your feet. I think the Daemon’s could turn us all into supernatural beings. —Hannah Victory